Over a third of 2,300 young people in a new survey believe they will ‘end up on benefits’ and one in five say they have ‘abandoned their ambitions’.
The survey from The Prince’s Trust charity shows the devastating effects of poor exam performance on young people’s hope for their future, with more than a quarter feeling that their poor grades will always hold them back.
The charity found that many have faced problems at home or bullying at school and so exam results did not reflect their true potential, the BBC reports. 22% of them said their ‘home life was so stressful that they struggled to focus on homework’, compared to just 11% of all young people. They were also less likely to have access to a computer or the internet at home than their peers.
Martina Milburn from The Prince’s Trust called for greater investment in vocational support and training for young people who are not academically successful: “Government, employers and charities must work together to get them into jobs. Without this, thousands will struggle to compete, leaving them hopeless and jobless,” she said.
Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg accused the government of doing too little to help young people who do not go to university.”With A-level results out this week, we know many young people have high ambitions. But sadly, this government is holding them back by cutting careers advice, threatening school standards, and leaving nearly a million young people out of work,” he said.
The DfE said that an overhaul of vocational qualifications would improve the prospects of less academic students by recognising ‘only high-quality courses that lead to a skilled trade or profession’.
Do any of your pupils feel that their future has been blighted by poor exam results? What advice do you give them?